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Best Foot Forward: Road Races Not to Miss in 2011

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 01-07-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Just as you've closed the log book on another year of running and added up the miles, it's time to start thinking about races for the new year. West Michigan has its share of great ones, some are classic "must do" races like the 5/3 River Bank Run...

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Running Bares: Three Shoe-Free Runners

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 07-19-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Taking up barefoot running is quite personal. The reasons people come to it are varied - people explore running barefoot to overcome injuries; others like the idea of improving their running style and form; others like the feel of their feet on the...

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Feet on the Ground: The Basics of Barefoot Running

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 07-08-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Running barefoot, in the competitive sense, isn't as new as some people might think. The movement is building among runners now, especially with minimalist foot covers, which make the sport easier on the feet. Ethiopian Abebe Bikila perhaps set the...

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Running Bare: The Shoe-free Running Phenomenon

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 06-30-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

It is said, the best part of snow skiing is taking off the boots. There are runners that feel the same way about running shoes. Over the past few decades, running shoes have developed from thin, flat and barely cushioned footwear to very supportive...

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Cherry-ots of Fire: Or How I Became a Sponsored Runner

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 06-04-2010 under OPINION

I'm not sure how The Cherry Marketing Institute found me. I have a few thoughts about it, but I can't say for sure and they've never said. Institutes are mysterious entities. 1) I Tweet and Facebook a lot about running. 2) I went to the launch...

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Running the River Bank: Melissa Janes

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 04-30-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

People run the May 8, 5/3 River Bank Run for many reasons. Some run it to challenge themselves, others for for the companionship of other people, some people run it to win and others run it for a good cause. The race serves as a fund raiser for a...

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Running the River Bank: Chad Engbers

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 04-29-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

On May 8, downtown Grand Rapids will be packed with anxious and ready runners and walkers for the Fifth Third River Bank Run.  In addition for the 20,000 plus particpants, there are some other items that will take up space along the course and...

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Running the River Bank: Amy Price

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 04-28-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

The 33rd running of the Fifth Third River Bank Run is set for Saturday, May 8. It is estimated that nearly 20,000 people will line up and run one of three races or participate in a 5k (3.1 miles) community walk. The distances for the...

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Run for the Red!

by (RedCrossGGR)

Submitted 02-18-2010 under NONPROFITS

Run. Walk. Jog. Hop. Skip. Breakdance. Whatever you do in the Fifth Third River Bank Run this year, you can do it for the Red Cross! The American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids has been selected as a Charity Partner for the 2010 Fifth Third River...

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The First Beer Mile of 2010

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 01-02-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

A beer mile is an odd event. To compete, you could be good at running, you might be good at drinking beer but to win you need to be somewhat good at both. The Grand Rapids Beer Mile was the brainchild of Steve Schoon, who had been reading about beer...

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